The eighth free antivirus program I’m looking at in this series differs somewhat from those that I have looked at previously.
This is because it is open source.
This means that you can either download and use the product for free, or you can make a contribution to it’s development, or make a donation to the developers.
I am, of course, talking about ClamWin.
ClamWin Free Antivirus
ClamWin looks like it is compatible with many different versions of Windows, including Windows 98!
Here is the complete list of Windows installations that will support ClamWin –
- Windows 98
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2003 and 2008
(there is no indication on the site as to whether or not ClamWin will work with 64-bit Windows installations)
If you look to download ClamWin from the official site you will find that you are redirected to sourceforge.net in order to get the files that you need; the installation being some 33MB in size.
During the setup phase the program asks whether you want to install the Ask Toolbar and make Ask your default browser – the boxes are checked by default – this is something that really bugs me as I’m quite happy using Google and not having any toolbars, thankyou very much.
Once the antivirus program is installed it will download the latest virus definitions automatically.
At this point you are then left to use the program as and when you feel you need to – ClamWin antivirus does not perform real-time scanning.
This means that you will have to remember to open the program up and manually scan any new files or folders before opening them.
When you first run the program you will be faced with a window that looks like this –
As you can see, its very basic indeed.
The options available to you are scanning any drives attached to your system, checking memory and any programs already loaded, getting some pretty basic reports.
Once you choose a drive to manually scan the program will kick in.
I found memory usage on my system to be quite high, as was CPU usage, and I struggled to open any other windows on my laptop whilst the scan was in progress.
Additionally, I didn’t like the interface at all – it was far too basic for my liking – for instance, whilst running a scan there is no indication of how many files still need to be checked, how long the operation has been running or how much more time was required for completion of said scan.
ClamWin antivirus is free and will protect your system.
Unfortunately, it only offers manual scanning and is light on features.
I don’t think this free antivirus program would be a good choice for the average web user.
Read about the other contenders for the top 10 free antivirus programs 2010.